Ashland University Students Receive IMA Memorial Education Fund National Scholarships

Ashland University Students Receive IMA Memorial Education Fund National Scholarships

6/1/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University seniors Emily Sparks, an accounting and finance major from Plymouth, Ohio, and Stephen Cox, an accounting and finance major from Medina, Ohio, have received the IMA Memorial Education Fund (MEF) National Scholarship from the Institute of Management Accountants for 2015.

Sparks, a 2012 graduate of South Central High School, is the daughter of Donald and Lorraine Sparks of Plymouth, while Cox is a 2012 graduate of Cloverleaf Senior High School and the son of Stephen Sr. and Christine Cox of Medina.

Sparks and Cox both received high praise from Dr. Kris Parsons, chair of the Department of Accounting/IS and faculty adviser to the IMA Student Chapter.

“As leaders in the IMA Student Chapter, Emily and Stephen have provided invaluable leadership to our student organization,” Parsons said. “Their organizational and interpersonal skills will serve them well as they transition into the professional world.”

Sparks and Cox will be recognized with the awards at the IMA Canton Chapter Student Night this fall and both will be recognized at the upcoming National IMA Student Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

IMA, the association for accountants and financial professionals in business, provides a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing and advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices. IMA provides best-in-class certification, the Certified Management Accountant, for critical internal financial management responsibilities, including planning, budgeting, business reporting, decision analysis and risk management. IMA has a network of more than 60,000 members in 120 countries.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###